Thoughts from Memorial Day 2011

I first brought this up a couple of years ago and wanted to raise up the topic again.

For years I have struggled with how to address Memorial Day when greeting people on this weekend. I know many of my brethren have told me they sometimes struggle with the same thing.

I mean saying Happy or Merry Memorial Day does not seem right at all. Would you walk up to someone on the anniversary of the date a loved one of theirs died and say Happy Anniversary!! I think not.

I think that is one of the reason’s why I am not a big fan of parades on this day. Parades are meant to be fun and joyous, not sad and somber. But many communities have them and even though I know they mean well, it just doesn’t sit well with me. Maybe I am weird like that, I don’t know.

So how does one give a greeting on this honorable and reverend of holidays that our country actually takes a pause to recognize?

Like I said, for years I have been struggling with this issue.

Until today!

Today while driving from one cemetery to another to visit past soldiers of mine I had an epiphany. It suddenly popped into my head. Rather than “Happy” or “Merry” , use the word Honorable. That is what we are doing, or at least supposed to be doing on this day. Honoring.

I know it does not flow as well as Happy or Merry, but quite frankly I don’t care. I think it is the best word to use. Maybe there is a better one that I can’t think of, but I know for now I will stick with Honorable. So when I see someone today I will say “Hope you are having a HONORABLE Memorial Day” or maybe just “Honorable Memorial Day”.

I hope you will join me in changing the way we greet people on this weekend and day. Lets make this a grass-roots effort to HONOR those that have made the ultimate sacrifice and their families and friends who have memorial day 365 days a year and not just one.

2 thoughts on “Thoughts from Memorial Day 2011”

  1. I feel that the men who have died for their country would appreciate remberence of their efforts, courage, heroic, service to keep us FREE, HAPPY AND SAFE. These men do not want us to be depressed or unhappy on Memorial Day. They want us to celebrate with joy and be happy because of all their struggles, hard work and putting their life on the line for our happiness and freedom and saftey. As they look down from Heaven , they want to see us smile in rememberence of them. Why would they want to see us sad and depressed. They are safe and happy with Jesus and want us to reap the benefits of they hard work. So big thank you to them and they will never be forgotten, but remembered ALWAYS, in our heart forever.

  2. I am so glad I read this. My website,, sends out a newsletter every other week, and in my intro to the Memorial Day issue, I reminded our readers that Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, and that we need to be mindful of the Gold Star families, to whom Memorial Day is not just about a three-day weekend or the kick-off to summer. It is about their loved ones, who gave up all of their tomorrows so that we could live ours in freedom. So, with your permission, in future, I will also wish people an “honorable” Memorial Day.

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